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Centenary Way (Warks) Day Four

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Centenary Way (Warks) Day Four
Author: DFO, Published: 02 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Warwickshire,
Walk Type: Long distance path
Centenary Way (Warks) Day Four
Length: 11 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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The fourth day of the Warwickshire Centenary Way (southbound), starting at Coombe Abbey and ending at the village of Stoneleigh, south of Coventry. An easy paced walk across farmland and pasture, winding through several small villages in the area and crossing the tiny rivers of the Avon and Sowe. A number of village churches and pubs are passed along the way. There are a number of stiles to negotiate, and fields may contain livestock.

The walk starts at Coombe Abbey Country Park, Binley, Coventry (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g186403-d214038-Reviews-Coombe_Abbey_Country_Park-Coventry_Warwickshire_England.html). There is an all-day car parking charge of £4 per vehicle.
Post code CV3 2AB
Approx. co-ordinates 52.411412,-1.406675

The walk ends at the village of Stoneleigh, Coventry. There is free roadside car parking along Church Road near to the Church of The Virgin Mary.
Post code CV8 3DN
Approx. co-ordinates 52.351055,-1.516806

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Walk Sections

Coombe Abbey to Wolston
Coombe Abbey to Wolston

Start point: 52.4112 lat, -1.4079 long
End point: 52.3772 lat, -1.3967 long

Leave Coombe Abbey Park via the main drive and cross the B4027 to go through a gate and onto a long straight track. Follow this track for 1.3 miles, the latter part through woodland (The Grove), until you reach a T-Junction with Gossett Lane. Turn right and follow the lane onto the A428. Turn left to walk along the A428, for about half a mile, down into the village of Brandon.

Continue right along the High Street, and follow the road as it bends to the left to reach a crossroads by the Royal Oak pub (right). Pass under the stone railway bridge ahead of you, pass the castle site, and cross the footbridge over the tiny River Avon. After the footbridge, take the kissing gate right and walk towards the church before turning left to walk alongside a school. Near to the school gates, turn right into an alleyway and follow this to the bend of a road.

NOTE: If you need refreshments you may continue along the drive by the school for approximately twenty yards to reach the village of Wolston where there are a number of shops and a café.

Wolston to Ryton-on-Dunsmore
Wolston to Ryton-on-Dunsmore

Start point: 52.3772 lat, -1.3967 long
End point: 52.3652 lat, -1.4352 long

Walk ahead a few paces and then take a small path through trees. Turn left when you reach a larger path at a T-junction to walk along a tree-lined path with houses on the left. Follow the line of the houses, and a wooden fence as it curves right to reach a corner. Turn left to continue following the track, as it passes through light woodland with rough pasture on the right, until you reach a gate to a field.

Continue ahead, following the Centenary Way markers, to cross further fields to reach a farm drive. Go left for a few paces, then leave the drive by turning right to cross a field to a gap left of oak trees. Continue on the same line to take a corner hedge gap. Follow the right hedge of the field around a corner and turn right to join a fenced path by sewer treatment works. Continue to a drive and a gate. Cross the drive and head for the far right corner of the next field to cross a wooden footbridge. Descend the hill and look ahead to note two hedges, head for the bottom of the right hand hedge and cross the footbridge. Go right for a few paces and then turn left to climb with a hedge (followed by a grassy bank) on your left. Climb a stile and ascend steps to reach the A45.

Turn right and walk along the A45 for approximately a third of a mile to reach a subway. Take the subway to the High Street at Ryton-on-Dunsmore. Go ahead on the High Street until you reach the Blacksmith Arms.

Ryton-on-Dunsmore to Bubbenhall
Ryton-on-Dunsmore to Bubbenhall

Start point: 52.3652 lat, -1.4352 long
End point: 52.3493 lat, -1.4705 long

Continue past the Blacksmith Arms and turn right along Featherstone Drive for 50 yards until you reach a sports field. Walk along the left hand side of the sports field to reach a corner gate. Go through the gate and along a path to a road (Warren Field). Turn right along Warren Field and then right again along St. Leonards Walk. After a few yards turn left into Soden’s Avenue, bearing left when the road forks, to reach a cul-de-sac. Bear right and take a kissing gate which leads to a fenced track between two areas of brownfield re-development (formerly the Peugeot works).

Continue along this track for approximately a third of a mile (via a stile and a gap in a concrete fence) to reach the A423. Cross with care and then go left to cross a stile on the right and into a pasture. Bear half-left to cross the pasture to its far corner and take the stile. Follow the fenced path to a footbridge, stile, and field. Follow the right hand hedge/fence around a corner to cross a stile. Continue on for 100 yards to the end of the left-hand edge (watch out for lone oak). At this path junction, turn left to follow the track across open fields for approximately a mile until you reach the bend of a road (Lower End). Continue ahead on this road for about 300 yards to reach the Malt Shovel Inn at Bubbenhall.

Bubbenhall to Stoneleigh
Bubbenhall to Stoneleigh

Start point: 52.3493 lat, -1.4705 long
End point: 52.351 lat, -1.5165 long

Continue past the Malt Shovel Inn to a road junction. Turn right to walk along Church Road which leads you to the churchyard. Walk through the churchyard and take the small gate leading to a field. Cross the field to its right hand bottom corner and a stile. Cross a bridge to follow a fenced path to another stile on the right. Continue ahead to a small gate on the left and a lane (Church Road).

Turn left for about 200 yards to where the lane bends to the left. Turn right here onto a house drive. Take the narrow path left of this property, which edges around an old quarry, along a fenced path, around the edge of a garden, and finally to a stile into a field. Follow the left side of this field, descending gently and passing a derelict stable, to reach a stile at the bottom left corner which brings you out onto a lane. Cross the stile opposite and then bear half-right (over farm drive) to the far right corner of the field. Cross the stile and then follow the right hand hedge to cross a corner stile. Turn right and through a gate to cross the next field diagonally left and over a corner stile. Head right (via stiles and field edges) to reach a road (Stoneleigh Road), turn left along this road to a T-junction and then turn left here for a further 350 yards (approximately). Turn right onto a road, sign posted Abbey Park and Stareton.

Continue along this road for two thirds of a mile. As the road bends and starts to rise, watch out for Park Farm House on the left and a wall post-box on the right. Leave the road and turn right at this point (down the drive to the right of the cottages) to go through two small gates. Follow the gently descending woodland path, crossing a drive and two footbridges. After the woodland, climb the grassy hill, keeping the stand of trees to your left, following the natural track to cross two stiles to reach the B4113.

Cross the road and then turn right for 100 yards to take a small gate to the left and then onto a second gate. Cross the pasture, keeping to the left of the pond ahead of you, and then bear right to pass a double power pole. Follow the path as it descends, via a small gate, to cross a footbridge over the River Sowe. Continue along the path towards the church ahead of you (The Church of the Virgin Mary at Stoneleigh) before walking through the churchyard to emerge at Church Road.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Coombe Abbey
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Thatched cottage at Brandon
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St. Margarets Church at Wolston
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Subway under A45 at Ryton-on-Dunsmore
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The Malt Shovel Inn at Bubbenhall
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Church Road, Bubbenhall
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Derelict stable in a field near Stoneleigh
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The River Sowe at Stoneleigh
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The Church of the Virgin Mary at Stoneleigh

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